Devayani (actress)

Devayani, is an Indian actress who predominantly acts in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu-language along with a few Kannada, Hindi-language and Bengali films.

Devayani Rajakumaran
Renowned Tamil Film Director, Shri Bharathiraja lighting the lamp to inaugurate the 13th Mumbai International Film Festival, in Chennai. Actress, Smt. Devayani Rajakumaran, the Vice Consul of Consulate General of Russia (cropped).jpg
Devayani at 13th Mumbai International Film Festival, in Chennai
Born (1974-06-22) 22 June 1974 (age 46)[1]
OccupationActress
Years active1993–present
Spouse(s)Rajakumaran
(2001–present)
ChildrenIniya, Priyanka
RelativesNakul (brother)
Mayur (brother),

She received the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress for her performances in the films Surya Vamsam (1997) and Bharathi (2000) and a Special Award for Kadhal Kottai (1996).[2][3]

She was the leading actress from 1996 to 2003 in Tamil. She has also appeared in other commercially successful films, including Ninaithen Vandhai (1998), Nee Varuvai Ena (1999), Thenali (2000), Friends (2001), Aanandham (2001) and Azhagi (2002) as well as in the Sun TV's huge successful serial Kolangal where she win the Best Television Actress for her performance.

Personal lifeEdit

Devayani was born , in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Her father Jaidev is from Mangalore, Karnataka and mother Lakshmi is from Alapuzha, Kerala. She has two younger brothers Nakul and Mayur. The former is working as an actor and singer in the Tamil film industry,[4] while the latter would also make his acting debut in an upcoming film.[5]

She dated director Rajakumaran, with whom she had worked on a few films for several years. Both their parents did not approve of their relationship, which led the couple to elope,[6] and marry privately on 9 April 2001.[7][8] They have two daughters, Iniya and Priyanka.[9] [10][11]

CareerEdit

Devayani began her career as Koyal in the Hindi film Koyal, which was later cancelled during its production stage.[12] She appeared in a Bengali film Shaat Ponchomi.She also acted in a Marathi film before debuting and rising to fame in Tamil cinema. Her earliest films were released in the early and middle 90's including Kadhal Kottai.

From 1996 to 2000, Devyani acted as heroine in over 35 films and acted alongside all the top actors such as Kamal Hassan (Thenali, Panchathantiram), Prashanth (Appu), Ajith (Kadhal Kottai), Vijay (Ninaithen Vandhai, Friends), Vikram (Vinnukkum Mannukkum), Sarath Kumar (Suryavamsam), Parthiban (Azhagi). She moved into supporting roles in Thenali though she still acted commercially until 2004–2005.

Devayani began acting in the teleserial Kolangal as Abinaya, which has had over 1500 episodes on Sun Television. It was later dubbed into Malayalam also in the same name on Surya TV. She has completed a Teacher Training course and is now a teacher at Church Park Convent, Chennai. Currently, she is judging a popular reality show on Mazhavil Manorama titled Ugram Ujwalam. She has acted in some advertisements also.

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Role Language Notes
1993 Shaat Ponchomi - Bengali Credited as Sushma
Dhusar Godhuli Moulika Bengali Credited as Koel
1994 Kinnaripuzhayoram Indhu Malayalam
1995 Thotta Chinungi Ramya Tamil
Dil Ka Doctor Dolly Hindi Credited as Koyal
Achan Rajavu Appan Jethavu Alice Malayalam
Three Men Army Shubha Malayalam
Kakkakum Poochakkum Kalyanam Latha.S.Pillai Malayalam
1996 Kalloori Vaasal Nivetha Tamil
Chhota Sa Ghar Vidya Hindi Credited as Koyal
Kaadhal Kottai Kamali Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize
Nominated Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Poomani Vijaya Tamil
Sivasakthi Guest Appearance Tamil
Mahathma Saraswathi Malayalam
Kinnam Katta Kallan Anju Malayalam
Mr. Clean Nirmala Malayalam
Kaathil Oru Kinnaram Megha Malayalam
1997 Vivasaayi Magan Jyothi Tamil
Kaadhali Soubhagyavathi Tamil
Periya Idathu Mappillai Lakshmi Tamil
Surya Vamsam Nandhini Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
1998 Suswagatham Sandhya Telugu
Kizhakkum Merkkum Malli Tamil
Marumalarchi Jayanthi Tamil
Udhavikku Varalaamaa Mythili Tamil
Swarnamukhi Swarnamukhi Tamil
Ninaithen Vandhai Savithri Tamil Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Moovendhar Vaidehi Tamil
Poonthottam Sundari Tamil
Senthooram Otta Rosa (Megala) Tamil
En Uyir Nee Thaane Janaki Tamil
Pudhumai Pithan Aarthi Tamil
Srimathi Vellostha Archana Telugu
1999 Thodarum Seetha Anand Tamil
Kummi Paattu Amaravathi Tamil
Nee Varuvai Ena Nandhini Tamil
Oruvan Nandhini Tamil
Premotsava Chandana Kannada
Nilave Mugam Kaattu Kasthuri Tamil
Paattali Sakunthala Tamil
Manikyam Meenakshi Telugu
Suyamvaram Parvathi Tamil
2000 Vallarasu Anjali Vallarasu Tamil
Appu Seetha Tamil
Ennammaa Kannu Gayathri Tamil
Bharathi Chellamal Bharathi Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Thenali Jalaja Kailash Tamil
Kannukku Kannaga Devi Tamil
2001 Friends Padmini Tamil
En Purushan Kuzhandhai Maathiri Maheswari Tamil
Vinnukum Mannukum Devayani Tamil
Aanandham Bharathi Tamil Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Ninaikkaadha Naalillai Kavitha Tamil
Sundara Purushan Jyothika Menon Malayalam
2002 Vivaramana Aalu Pappu Tamil
Azhagi Valarmathi Shanmugham Tamil Winner, ITFA Best Supporting Actress Award
Kottai Mariamman Rajeswari Tamil
Panchathantiram Nirmala Tamil
Thenkasi Pattanam Sangeetha Tamil
Guruvamma Guruvamma Tamil
Samasthanam Divya Tamil
Padai Veetu Amman Samundi Tamil
Chennakesava Reddy Chennakesava Reddy's sister Telugu
2003 Kadhaludan Kavitha Tamil Also producer
Bheeshmar Gowri Bheeshmar Tamil
Balettan Radhika Malayalam
2004 Naani Indira Devi Telugu
New Indira Tamil
Sivaram Telugu
Giri Suryaprakash's wife Tamil
Sema Ragalai Devi Tamil
Senthalam Poovae Tamil
Soumyam Malayalam
2005 Naran Janaki Malayalam
2009 Aiyantham Padai Kalpana Tamil
2010 Oru Naal Varum Rajalekshmi Malayalam
2011 Sarkar Colony Padmini Malayalam
2013 Thirumathi Thamizh Jothi Tamil Also producer
2015 Sagaptham Lakshmi Tamil
Strawberry Shanthi Tamil
2016 Janatha Garage Prabha Sathyam Telugu
2017 My School Mahalakshmi Malayalam
2018 Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava Suguna Telugu
Ezhumin Bharathi Tamil
Kalavani Mappillai Rajeswari Tamil
2019 N.T.R: Kathanayakudu Akkineni Annapurna Telugu
2020 Love Story Telugu Filming

TelevisionEdit

Year Serial Role Language Notes
2003–2009 Kolangal Abinaya(Abi) Tamil Sun TV
2007–2008 Manjal Magimai Soundarya/Neeraja Kalaignar TV
2010–2011 Kodi Mullai Malar Raj TV
2011–2013 Muthaaram Ranjini Devi / assistant commissioner of police, ACP Sivaranjini Sun TV
2015–2016 Ugram Ujjwalam season 2 Judge Malayalam Mazhavil Manorama
2016–2017 Jodi Number One Judge Tamil Vijay TV
2019–2020 Rasaathi Illavarasi Soundaravalli Sun TV

Awards and honoursEdit

Year Award Category Work Result
1996 Tamil Nadu State Film Special Award for Best Actress Kaadhal Kottai Won[13]
1997 Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress Surya Vamsam Won[14]
2000 Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress Bharathi Won[15]
2000 Kalaimamani Award by Tamil Nadu Government Contribution to Tamil Cinema Won[16]
2002 ITFA Best Supporting Actress Award Azhagi Won[17][18]
2004 Pace Awards Best Television Actress Kolangal Won[19]
2004 Vivel Chinna Thirai Awards Best Actress Kolangal Nominated[20]
2010 Sun Kudumbam Best Actress Award Kolangal Nominated[21]
2010 Kalaimamani Award by Tamil Nadu Government Contribution to Tamil Cinema Won[22]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spDs_gjCTNM
  2. ^ Devayani biography
  3. ^ Big Day for Devayani
  4. ^ I never gave her a gift: Nakul – The Times of India
  5. ^ I want to earn a good name: Nakul – The Times of India
  6. ^ The Hindu: Tinsel to TV
  7. ^ devayani Tamil actress devayani devyani devayani rajakumaran thotta chininki kathal kottai suryavamsam Nee varuvai ena azhagi thenali music director s a rajkumar Tamil kollywo...
  8. ^ "Devayani's wedding". Tamil Movies. 19 April 2001. Archived from the original on 11 October 2008.
  9. ^ Taking care of children, my first priority: Devayani | StarTrack – Movies – ChennaiOnline
  10. ^ http://www.indiaglitz.com/devayaniinto-teacher-profession-malayalam-news-120313
  11. ^ http://movies.ndtv.com/regional/former-south-actress-devayani-is-now-a-school-teacher-709001
  12. ^ The Hindu: Cinema Plus / Columns: My first break – Devayani
  13. ^ "Tamilnadu Government Cinema Awards". Dinakaran. Archived from the original on 3 February 1999. Retrieved 11 August 2009.
  14. ^ "Tamilnadu Government Cinema Awards". Dinakaran. Archived from the original on 3 February 1999. Retrieved 11 August 2009.
  15. ^ "Tamil Nadu announces film awards for three years". indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 19 October 2009.
  16. ^ Kalaimamani Awards Announced
  17. ^ http://www.indiantelevision.com/headlines/y2k3/dec/dec103.htm
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 July 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  19. ^ Devayani, Venu Aravind get awards
  20. ^ Winners List of Vivel Chinna Thirai Awards 2008
  21. ^ Devayani, Venu Aravind get awards
  22. ^ "Kalaimamani Award Winners Gallery". reviews.in.88db. 7 April 2013. Archived from the original on 7 April 2013.

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